New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Charting a Course of Discipleship

A Workbook on Christian Discipleship (Revised Edition)

Teresa Gilbert, Patty Johansen, Jay Regennitter, Delia Halverson • October 2012

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Is your congregation living up to its mission? After all, making disciples is what churches are supposed to do.

So how do churches go about making disciples? What is a disciple, anyway? And how do congregations know whether they are actually helping people to grow in their faith?

Charting a Course for Discipleship provides a step-by-step plan that will help any congregation design a disciple formation process that is effective for its particular context. It will help your church to:

  • identify characteristics of a disciple
  • come to see growing in faith as a lifelong journey
  • evaluate the current level of disciple making in your congregation
  • listen to God's calling for your church and develop a vision for the future
  • learn how to involve your congregation in the discipleship formation process
  • plan ways to continue and renew your church's system for making disciples

This book replaces Charting the Course, DR507. The revised, retitled edition guides congregations to understand the mission of the church, assess where they are in making disciples, dream what might be possible, and then either build or improve the way they help persons come to and grow in the Christian faith. Bible studies and discovery activities have been added.

Teresa Gilbert is founder and owner of Pathways to Excellence, providing coaching and consulting services in leadership development and organizational communication. An active laywoman in the Illinois Great Rivers conference, she chaired the team that developed Charting a Course of Discipleship. Teresa has led this process in her current and former congregations.

Patty Johansen is an elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference who was on the development team for Charting a Course. She tested the material as it was developed, and continues to use the process in her current appointment.

Jay Regennitter is an elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference who was on the New Streams team that developed Charting a Course.

Delia Halverson is a nationally recognized Christian education specialist who has written more than 50 books and countless units of curriculum. Delia is a consultant, workshop teacher, and retreat leader.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-608-9

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: October 2012

Trim Size: 8.5 in (w) x 11 in (h) x 0.259 in (d)

Page Count: 120

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Leadership & Mentoring

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